A Heart Warrior in the NICU | University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital Photographer

I had the privilege to meet this little precious beauty in the NICU not long ago.  She was born at 38 weeks, weighing 4lbs 13oz.  Due to her weight she was considered a preemie.  This sweetness has a severe congenital heart defect called HRHS.  She spent the first 8 days of her life in the NICU and has now been transferred over to the CVICU because eventually she will need a heart surgery and is currently awaiting a heart transplant.  Lot’s of prayers and positive thoughts go out to this lovely family.

This month I’m also participating in a blog circle.  These are super fun to see what is going on outside our little bubble here in Minnesota.   Want to know what’s going on in Kalamazoo?  Head to the end of this blog post to find out . . . .

But first this most beautiful NICU baby . . .

Tara Fletcher a Kalamazoo Lifestyle Photographer will be talking about a winter lifestyle session (my favorite!), in Southwest Michigan.  Click her link above to be taken over to her blog.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota.  She photographs children and their families both on location and in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis.  To schedule your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities Photographer or e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com

Michele is also a participating photographer with The Tiny Footprints Project which provides free photography for families living in the NICU.  To see how you can help or to request a session please visit www.thetinyfootprintsproject.org


Choosing the Right Camera for Your Child | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Before I get started I want to mention that this blog post has been edited to be included in a a blog circle.  At the end of this post click the link to see a beautiful Alabama wedding!

If your child has recently started showing an interest in photography and you are thinking about buying them their first camera, there are a few things you need to consider. As a parent you probably know that a kid’s interests can change tomorrow, next week or even next year but the good news is that you can still support their new hobby without breaking the bank.

Here are my top 7 tips for choosing a camera for your kid.

  1. Choose a camera that will enable your child to learn the basics quite quickly. Make sure that the controls and buttons are manageable and that the size of the camera is suited to the size of their hands. The menus should also be logical, easy to read and have intuitive icons that are easy to understand.

We have an OLYMPUS Underwater DIGITAL CAMERA that the kids love to use.

  1. Children love to experiment and tend to learn faster when they can do so. An entry-level DSLR camera will allow them to adjust exposure settings such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Interchangeable lenses are also a great learning tool but definitely not essential as a beginner.

  1. When deciding on a camera for your child, take a look at the screen. It should be large, bright and have great color reproduction. It should also be easy to use both indoors and outdoors as there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to see your images clearly on the screen due to bright sunlight.

  1. Ensure that the sensor resolution is good enough and meets your specific requirements, especially if you want to print larger size images. In most cases a 10-14 mega pixel camera is a sufficient for an entry level photographer.

And if you don’t want to go digital you can always go film (you can usually find an SLR cheaper than a DSLR)

  1. As a first time photographer, your child will want to keep practicing so it’s important that you are able to extend the camera’s memory using a SD/SDHC memory card.

  1. Next come the accessories. Your child will want to download their images from the camera onto a computer for editing so a USB cable will be an essential accessory (most camera’s should come with one).

If you aren’t sure that a brand new camera is the best route to go as your child pursues their interest in photography you can also look at buying a secondhand camera instead. Ask around because many photographers may be willing to sell an older model camera. Be sure to find out about all the camera’s features and any extras that it might come with before making the purchase to ensure that it meets your specific requirements.

As promised I want to introduce you to Hillary Gamble  Visit her site to see the most beautiful Alabama Wedding: Wedding Photographers in Alabama | Rucker Place Weddings and then follow around the circle to see what photographers in Atlanta and North Carolina are up to as well.

Michele is a lifestyle photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota; she has a studio located in the northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis so she can offer both on-location and in studio sessions.  To book your next session with Michele please visit mQn Photography | Twin Cities, Minnesota Photographer  or e-mail Michele at michele@mqnphotography.com

The Traveling Dress | North Oaks, Minnesota Fine Art Photographer

I was lucky enough to participate in a wonderful project that we called The Traveling Dress.  A few very talented ladies and I sent each other the same dress and photographed it.  Each of us had the dress for one week.  We didn’t tell each other what we were doing with it and it was a complete surprise until we published our images.  You can see the published post here at The Photo Sanctuary.  But I wanted to share all of my images from this session as well.

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Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer in North Oaks, Minnesota who not only enjoys photographing children and their families but participates in many photography projects throughout the year.  To schedule your next session with Michele please e-mail michele@mqnphotography.com


Just Us 12 Times ~ North Oaks, Minnesota Family Photographer

The final installment of the Just Us 12 Times has finally come full circle.  I had hopes that this month I would get into the pictures during Christmas.  Well that didn’t happen because I just didn’t take many photos.  I wanted to be in the moment instead of stressing over capturing it.  And I’m ok with that.  My hubby did take this on Christmas as we all cuddled up on the couch waiting for bed time.  Can you spy the lemon drop martini?



So instead of regretting not getting into many photos in December lets take a look at how many moments I did capture in 2014:

Remember this awesome pillow fight video?

A little Ice Skating action:


then sledding:

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oh and here is me and my son at Easter!


and then one month Tyler took some pictures of me and Kendall for fun.  Here he is directing me and the final product:


This summer I managed to a picture with me and the hubby:


Here we are enjoying Duluth:


oh and on vacation in Santa Cruz California!:


I took the kids apple picking:



I think our family photos turned out great this year! (even though I messed up my settings, that Canon 5Dmarkiii really does handle large ISO wonderfully, thank you Mrs. Claus for that early Christmas gift that my hubby still doesn’t know about.  🙂 )


So all in all I think I missed one month because we were on vacation but hey I think I got at least 11 more photographs than I normally would have with me in them.  It was a fun year and I’ll be sure to keep trying to get in a few photographs every now and then.

This is part of a blog circle:  Please visit Anchored in Love to see her final installment as well!




Letters to Our Children; December ~ North Oaks, Minnesota Child Photographer

Dear Tyler & Kendall,

Another whole year has gone by!  This year my goal was to get pictures of you both together once a month.  I pretty much succeeded.  Maybe a cheat month here or there but I basically got 12 images of you guys that I love.  I realized last year when I aimed to take your portraits weekly that I didn’t have many of you guys together so I’m glad I focused on capturing you guys together this year.  So without further ado its twelve months of you . . .

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This concludes the letters to our children blog circle.  I’ve really enjoyed participating!